The state of Delaware recently awarded Aetna a three-year contract to provide a health maintenance organization option and a consumer-directed health plan to state employees, pensioners and their dependents.

The contract will effect July 1.

State employees and pensioners can select an Aetna HMO plan linked to Carelink CareNow, a service powered by Christiana Care Health System. Aetna also will administer a consumer-directed plan for state employees and pensioners that includes a health reimbursement account that will help pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses.

Aetna has provided medical plan options to Delaware employees and pensioners since 2007.

Aetna provides health benefits to nearly 120,000 people in Delaware. Its members benefit from a network that is made up of 2,600 primary care physicians and specialists.

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